Rules

Bodleian Libraries Regulations

Bodleian Libraries are governed by the regulations relating to the use of Bodleian Libraries (opens in new window).

Please see also separate Regulations associated with the borrowing of library materials. 

In order to protect our collections for the benefit of all readers, and to create a pleasant and studious library environment, we would like to draw your attention in particular to the following regulations.

  • A person may use a library only after being formally registered as a reader in it. With the exception of short-term readers admitted on day passes, all readers must have a valid University or Library Card.
  • Readers are responsible for material or equipment issued to them until they have returned it in accordance with library procedures, and must at all times protect material or equipment issued to them and must not damage it or expose it to hazardous conditions.
  • Readers must not write in, mark, or otherwise deface or damage library material or equipment in any way.
  • Readers may eat or drink in a library only as and where indicated by library notices and signs.
  • When using a computer, electronic mobile devices  or other equipment readers must do so as quietly as possible so as to avoid causing disturbance to others and should not use applications or play media so as to produce sounds audible too ther readers, unless this is required in order to overcome a disclosed disability.
  • Readers must not smoke in any part of the Library.

Taylor Institution Library

Please note the following arrangements and procedures relating to use of the Reading Rooms.

  • Battery-operated laptops may be used in all parts of the Library. Electrical sockets are provided at some reader desks, principally in the Main Reading Room.
  • Readers are requested not to reserve desks when they know they will be absent from them for more than 30 minutes.
  • Books left on a desk at the end of the day will be returned to the shelves by Library staff. If you wish to reserve books, please use the reserve shelves provided in the Main Reading Room and complete the appropriate slip with your details.
  • Please observe safety instructions relating to the use of library ladders and ask staff for assistance when appropriate.

Taylor Bodleian Slavonic & Modern Greek Library

Please note the following procedures relating to use of reading rooms in the Slavonic & Modern Greek Library.

  • Readers may not use, or allow to be used, any part of the Library for any purpose other than research or quiet private study without written permission from the Librarian in Charge. Members of the Sub-Faculty should not use any part of the Library for teaching unless prior permission has been obtained.
  • Battery-operated laptops may be used in all parts of the Library. Electrical sockets are provided at some reader desks.
  • Readers wishing to leave books at a desk for later use they are requested to place a slip on the books giving their name and the date. Books left on tables without an accompanying slip and books left for longer than three days will be returned to the shelves by Library staff. Books may be kept on the Reserve shelves located near the Issue Desk.
  • Please observe safety instructions relating to the use of library ladders and ask staff for assistance when appropriate.
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